Week in Review: 09.22.2019

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Week in Review: 09.22.2019

Mercedes locks citizens out of meeting; Candidate asks for Edinburg election meeting; UT Law School defrauded out of $1.5 million; Harris County DA send poker case to FBI.

Posted by The Texas Monitor on Monday, September 23, 2019

Many Mercedes residents barred from attending city commission meeting – Mercedes police officers handcuffed one woman Tuesday evening and barred many others from entering the town’s city hall for a city commission meeting.

Candidate for Edinburg City Council asks secretary of state to ensure fair election – A candidate for the Edinburg City Council has preemptively asked the Texas secretary of state to make sure the November election is “fair and transparent,” KGBT reported.

Audit turns up much broader fraud pattern by UT law school official – An audit by the University of Texas at Austin found that a facilities director for the law school, indicted for felony fraud, cost the school more than $1.5 million, several times the original estimate made by investigators.

Harris County DA dismisses felony charges against poker club operators, citing conflicts of interest – Multiple conflicts of interest between state and local officials and Houston private poker clubs has led to the collapse of two criminal cases and a reexamination of the relationships between elected officials and the game room operators, the Houston Chronicle reported.

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